Houston Texas Drone Laws

Drones are becoming very popular and as their application continues to expand, you can only expect to see more drones in your city. Currently, most drones are offered for the purposes of filming, photography and fun (entertainment). Others can even offer surveillance when cameras and audio recorders are attached. Future use in transportation and delivery of online-purchased products is still under review. There are several laws put in place to ensure safety when flying a drone.

Although national and federal laws exist, states may have their own ordinances based on their unique situation and environment. Here is a brief look at Houston drone laws to be followed by everyone who intends to fly a drone:

Classification
In Houston, drones fall under UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) just like in all other states. They are remotely controlled and are to be flown in the day only within fly within 100 miles/hour speeds. Those who fly commercial drones should be at least 16 years and must have passed a test on the same. For other pilots, there are three main categories of Houston drone laws to observe.

FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)
The FAA is mandated with issuing a certificate of authorization to public agency personnel who want to fly drones and some 700 US agencies have already applied for the permission. In Texas alone Arlington PD, Houston PD, Department of Public Safety and various Sheriff Departments have already sought permissions to fly a drone. Unfortunately, the FAA does not give authorization to private citizens but they do offer laws to govern their flying. If you own a DJI drone, it must be registered and should weigh between 0.55 and 55 lbs (25 grams to 25 kg). You can register online and download your certificate. The drone should be flown below 400 feet (a 30-40 storey building).

Texas Privacy Act
Texas was among the first states to put laws in place to govern and restrict the use of drones. According to code section 423.002(a) of Texas Government, it is not illegal to take pictures with drones but you must get consent before infringing on other people’s privacy. Capturing images with the sole intent of recording someone for surveillance reasons is illegal within the code. Disclosure of images captured by drones without consent of the subjects may also attract a fine.

City ordinances
The city of Houston requires drone pilots to be at least 18 years old, register the drone with FAA, fly drones not heavier than 55 lbs, fly during daylight hours only and have the ability to fly above 500 feet.

Summary
It is advisable to go through all the directions given by FAA and Texas Privacy Act before you start flying drones in Houston. In some places, you can fly drones without image capturing capabilities. In others drones are completely disallowed to protect privacy and/or prevent accidents.

3 New Plants For Your Texas Garden + Peonies

Plants are really beneficial in the course of our daily lives. They provide us with food, shade, rain and are ornamental to the environment. Your garden shouldn’t only be dominated by edible vegetation, but should be a blend of both flowering and food plants. Flowers are beauty enhancers and will really bring out that vibrant flora atmosphere. Isn’t it a great combination to sow vegetables and flowers in the same garden? It is a great idea worth trying out and you won’t be disappointed by the results. Here are some of the 4 new plants that are being planted in most gardens in Texas;

Peonies
They accentuate the beauty of nature. Once in full bloom, the scene created is breathtaking since it’s beauty reloaded. It creates an alluring ambiance for everyone to gush over it. That happens during spring period. In summer, the flowers wilt and the tree is left with nothing but green leaves which turn gold during fall.

The plant doesn’t require much care provided it is provided a good foundation during planting. Transplanting cannot favor this kind of plants. For nourishment, it only needs a sunny climate with well-drained soils. These kind of plants need a cold season to necessitate bud formation. If you want our recommendation, try one of our favorite pink peonies.

Salvia
This plant is associated with religious purposes. A lot of people believe this plant can make you see visions and other supernatural experiences. It grows well in moist regions. Its flowers are of different colors; some are blue, white, red or yellow. The plant is somewhat unique in some way. It is hairy on the leaves, stem and flowers for water retention purposes. The hairs produce volatile oils which when touched, the same oil glands rupture releasing a foul smelling substance which wards of animals and insects.

‘Texas Gold’ columbine
Its scientific name is Aquiligia chrysantha. This kind of plant flourishes well in shady regions especially under trees. They bloom to produce yellow flowers which lights up the garden. It should always be watered to make it grow to its desired size and shape of 30 inches tall and 24 inches wide. It does well in dry areas therefore you won’t go through much hassle trying to tend to it. Its brightly colored flowers are a sight to behold for the birds especially the hummingbirds. This is because the same flowers produce a sweet sap liked by birds.

Mexican Sunflower
This is a perennial plant that grows as high as 4 to 6 feet with orange, red or yellow flowers. Once the flowers are in bloom, they stay on for so long without wilting. They grow to a considerable length which makes it easy for one to watch the butterflies as they revolve around the brightly colored flowers of the plant. The leaves are dark green and its flowers bright orange to blend well and entice pollinators. It is advisable to grow the plant from a seed form and the advantage with this plant is that, it is indestructible by pests. They cannot even come near it. It is pest resistant. Dead flower heads should often be plucked off to encourage more blooming.

Flowers are natural beauty to the landscapes. Other flowers are used as food, medicine or even traditional purposes. Sensitization on the importance of plants should be encouraged to drive people to planting more of them in their gardens.